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What’s that smell?

What’s that smell?

Have you ever noticed that stinky smell when you switch from the heater to the AC?
This odor is most often described as being like “dirty socks” and is referred to as Dirty-Sock-Syndrome by HVAC professionals. There’s a lot of info out there about what it could be, how to prevent it, and whom you should trust. Don’t worry.. we’ve compiled a bunch of info on the subject so you can be confident in your air quality.

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Why should I keep the area around my condenser clear?

Why should I keep the area around my condenser clear?

Make sure your condenser unit is clear of debris. Your condenser is usually in your side yard and is easily forgotten. Over time, shrubs and debris can grow or build up around your unit, limiting its airflow, and making it work harder to cool your home (raising your electricity bill!).

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Is it ok to close off vents in rooms I’m not using?

Is it ok to close off vents in rooms I’m not using?

Have you ever closed the vents in rooms you don’t use, thinking it will save energy?

In reality, this actually makes your HVAC system less efficient. Heat likes to distribute itself evenly within an object. When that object is your home, heat will get into that closed-vent room anyway, but it means your HVAC system will work harder in order to create an even temperature around the house.

Keeping air vents open allows for equal temperature distribution throughout your home and keeps your HVAC system running efficiently. Bonus points for keeping your vents clean to avoid allergies and blockages!

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